Webb Pleads Guilty in DUI Death of Michael Collins

Published 08/25 2014 05:15PM

Updated 08/25 2014 10:59PM

BLOOMINGTON- The Bloomington Woman, accused of killing an Illinois State University student in a drunk driving accident plead guilty Monday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jamie Webb entered a guilty plea for two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

One count was for the March 29th crash that killed 22-year-old Michael Collins.

The other count was for causing great bodily harm to another person in the crash.

Police say Webb ran a red light and hit the car with Collins and several other people inside.

Webb could be facing up to 14 years for each count.

Attorneys involved say with emotions running high, the plea helps both sides to move forward with the healing process.

"The friends and family that are, are going through all of this, um, just having the court process continue on is a reminder each time they have to come in. Uh, so to make it so that we get it resolved in a timely manner is beneficial," said Jason Chambers, Mclean County State's Attorney.

"She has been extremely sorrowful. She understands the consequences of her actions and uh, believes this was the most appropriate way of proceeding," added Stephanie Wong, Webb's Attorney.

It will be left up to a judge in October to determine Webb's sentence.

One of the key factors in the sentencing hearing could be Webb's exact speed at the time of the crash.

Prosecutors argue that she was traveling at a speed up to 130 miles per hour.

BLOOMINGTON - A big change in the case involving a Bloomington woman accused of killing an Illinois State University Student in a drunken-driving crash.

The alleged drunk driver, 37-year-old Jamie Webb pleaded guilty Monday for two counts of aggravated DUI. In late March, a car driven by Webb crashed at the corner of Empire and Main Street in Bloomington.

But the question still remains from both sides: “What was the speed Webb was going when that crash occurred”?

"From the electronic indicators in the (police) car eyewitness estimates of 40-65 were considerably lower and at that point of 2.5 seconds before impact that she was traveling at a rate of speed in excess of 130 miles per hour” said Jason Chambers, McLean County state’s attorney.

"We made a note of that. We agree that there was speeding, but nowhere near the speed that was set forth by the prosecution,” said defense attorney Stephanie Wong.

On Monday, Webb pleaded to two counts of aggravated DUI. One charge led to great bodily harm to passenger Tawni Ricketts. The second, leading to death of Michael Collins.

"My client is extremely remorseful, very sorrowful,” said Wong.

Prosecutors say it's an emotional case, but the plea is like the outcome they would have come to if the case had gone to trial.

"We have to just show up and do our job and hope that in a year, in five years, ten or twenty, that it helps them get into a better spot,” said Chambers.

In late October, Webb will appear before a McLean County judge for sentencing. Each of the two charges of aggravated DUI carries up to 14 years. They would be served back to back.

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